Thinking over why his clients have bought cyber insurance, Seán Burke of Galway company Burke Insurances lists the “fear of the bad PR following a (...)

The Data Protection Commissioner’s office dealt with 1,507 valid data breach notifications, including the largest such breach it had ever dealt with – the breach by the Ennis-based company Loyaltybuild (above), which processed holiday loyalty schemes on behalf of companies all over Europe, including Supervalu and Axa in Ireland.

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Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes, who commenced an investigation into Loyaltybuild’s operation after the data breach last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The company at the centre of the biggest data breach ever dealt with in Ireland has recommenced trading and said it had invested €500,000 in ne(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: “One thing we certainly don’t have is a light touch. We have a very rigorous approach to oversight of organisations.” Photograph: David Sleator

While the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden about the surveillance activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) extended t(...)

A butcher’s ‘no horsemeat’ sign after the scandal broke this year. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

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Michael DeCesare, president, McAfee. photographs: eric luke

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Companies will face fines of up to €100 million or 5 per cent of their annual global turnover for failing to protect personal data under a proposed new EU regulation currently being debated.

About 1.5 million European citizens had their personal information exposed and put at risk in a data breach at the Ennis-based company Loyaltybuild. T(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore:  told a conference on cyber security organised by the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin yesterday  that  a number of other countries had already had to respond to similar threats and security incidents

The Loyaltybuild data breach was a timely reminder of the potential costs of cyber crime to the individual, to businesses and to Government bodies in (...)

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Step into the breach

When small files started being discreetly downloaded from computers in a grey Ennis office block four weeks ago and making their way through cyberspac(...)